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Buffalo Zoo has solution to plastic pollution

The Buffalo Zoo will tackle pollution prevention in an effort to help students learn about the challenge of plastic bags in the environment through the use of art.

More than 80 teachers of classrooms K-12 were introduced to the program during a recent development day at the Zoo that stressed the sheer quantity of disposable plastics used and discarded each day.

"Scientific evidence tells us that these plastics hurt our wildlife in many ways," said Tiffany Vanderwerf, chief conservation officer at the Buffalo Zoo.

Student-made creations of plastic art including videos about plastic pollution and painted rain barrels will be displayed at the Buffalo Museum of Science on Earth Day 2018.

The state Pollution Prevention Institute funded by the state Department of Environmental Conservation provided a $20,000 grant to support this campaign.

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